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A commercial tricyclist has been apprehended for allegedly beating his 8-year old daughter to coma in Ifite, Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State, The Eastern Updates reports.
The suspect who’s name was given as Mr. Chinedu Adim from Lokpa in Abia State, a father of two kids was arrested by the officials of Anambra State Ministry of Women Affairs.
He was said to have abandoned by the wife as he was fond of using hard substances to beat the daughter.
He however denied the allegations during interrogation, describing the daughter’s condition as spiritual.
He said, ‘I was formally a member of Anambra Vigilante Group (AVG) before I started driving Keke. We married twelve years ago with 2 kids, a girl and a boy, 8 and 6 years old.
‘My wife left me 8 years ago after my shop got burnt. My kids were suffering in the village and I had to pick them five years ago.’
He added, ‘My daughter woke up one morning and I observed Injuries all over her body while I was bathing her. I asked her and she said she woke up to see lines on her body. I took her to the hospital where she was treated.
‘The second time, she said she fell on the tiles and sustained injuries on the head. Some things she does appear strange to me. Sometimes I wake up midnight and won’t see her. I said this is not ordinarily and took her to church for deliverance.
‘The third time I came back to drop food for her, I was told she was rushed to the hospital. She was in coma throughout yesterday.’
The Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for Anambra State command, Tochukwu Ikenga has confirmed the arrest. He said that the suspect would be prosecuted after investigations are completed.